Tagged: meningitis

A 100 years ago: The worst year of the First World War for New Zealand - Public Health Expert

Public Health Expert May 01, 2017

Professor Nick Wilson, University of Otago; Professor Glyn Harper, Massey University The year 1917 was the worst year of the First World War for New Zealand from a premature mortality perspective, with 5547 deaths. We have just presented on this topic at a Symposium at Te Papa (Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa) and in this blog we summarise … Read More

Not quite Monday Micro – which nasty microbes would you rank in the top 10? - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Aug 01, 2014

On Monday I was asked to go on the radio and comment on an article that appeared in the NZ Herald (syndicated from The Independent) entitled “What’s the world’s biggest health risk?”. The article lists an infectious diseases ‘Top Ten’ which looks like this: 1. Ebola – as of 23 July 2014, there … Read More

Infographic: meningitis and the brain - Visibly Shaken

Peter Griffin Dec 09, 2013

An outbreak of meningitis at Princeton University in Ottawa, Canada has encouraged the university to offer free vaccinations to students. Meningitis is the inflammation of the lining around the brain and spinal cord. Different germs can cause it – usually bacteria or viruses and sometimes fungi. The Ottawa Sun created a full-page infographic to illustrate how meningitis affects the … Read More

Monday Micro - Infectious Thoughts

Siouxsie Wiles Oct 29, 2012

Inspired by the fabulous David Winter‘s Sunday Spinelessness blogs, I’ve decided to have a bash at writing a more regular quickie microbiology-related post. First up, the growing fungal meningitis outbreak in the USA. With 344 cases and 25 deaths spread over 18 states, the outbreak is a result of patients receiving contaminated steroid injections. So far … Read More